Karajan, Maestro for the Screen


Karajan, Maestro for the Screen documentary by Georg Wübbolt. This 52-minute film, produced by Bernhard Fleischer, explores Herbert von Karajan's long interest in making motion picture films of classical music performances to be shown in movie theaters and over TV. There is also a 32-minute bonus performance (directed by François Reichenbach and never released before) of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Suite (Overture) No. 2 in B minor (BWV 1067) by the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Karajan. Original language German; subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Korean, and Japanese. Released 2015, disc has stereo sound (much of which started as mono). Grade: NA

This documentary is mostly (or entirely) legacy material that does not meet the normal standards (for HD video and surround sound) to be reviewed here. We make an exception for this title because it is a documentary about the history of fine-arts video. It probably will mesh well with the Herbert von Karajan 1965-1966 Movie Documentary discussed extensively on this website.